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Wang Yi and Anthony Blinken
The US should stop slandering China, attacking the country's political system and taking steps to support Taiwan's independence, said on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The U.S.-China relationship is still stuck in the predicament that the previous U.S. administration of President Donald Trump put them in and is facing new challenges, Wang said. And, the words of which are quoted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“Wang Yi stressed that since the American side promised not to seek to change China's system, it should respect the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics chosen by the Chinese people and stop slandering and attacking China's political system, domestic and foreign policy,” the message says.
Chinese Foreign Minister Urges Washington to Abandon 'Cold War Mentality' and not distort the “one China principle” (recognition of only one Chinese state, the US does not officially recognize the independence of Taiwan). He also urged the US authorities not to interfere in China's internal affairs and lift the restrictive measures.
“The US should also lift additional tariffs imposed on China as soon as possible and end unilateral sanctions against Chinese companies,” — said Wang Yi.
In turn, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the talks took more than five hours, writes Reuters. They were “helpful, open and constructive,” he added. Blinken said that he had expressed to his Chinese colleague concerns about the “rapprochement” Beijing and Moscow.
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“I again shared with the state adviser that we are concerned about the rapprochement between the PRC and Russia,” — said the head of the State Department. Blinken also expressed the opinion that China is not behaving neutrally, because it supported Russia in the UN and “strengthened Russian propaganda.”
The US-China talks took place as part of the G20 ministerial meeting in Indonesia. G20 Leaders Summit will be held in Bali in November, Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to take part in it. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came to the ministerial meeting on July 7 & 8.
Tensions between China and the US over the Taiwan issue escalated in April when a delegation of six US congressmen arrived on the island to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen. In response, Beijing announced exercises around Taiwan, saying that by such actions, the United States is seriously undermining the political basis of Sino-American relations and further aggravating tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan — an island in the South China Sea, about 100 km off the coast of China. The territory declared secession from China in 1949, during the civil war, but Beijing does not recognize its independence and considers it one of the Chinese provinces.
The United States does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan , but at the same time they sell weapons to him under the law on relations with Taiwan, adopted in 1979, which provides for the supply of weapons to the country for self-defense.
At the same time, Washington supports official relations with China, and diplomatically recognizes Beijing's position that there is only one Chinese government (the “One China Rule”).
In 2018, then-U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 percent duties on $50 billion worth of goods from China. Beijing, and later imposed 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of smartphones, toys, and other general commodities. After the election of Joe Biden as president, Washington began a temporary easing of the measures imposed by Trump.
At the same time, the United States also repeatedly imposed sanctions against Chinese officials because of the violation of human rights, including the Uyghurs— China's national minorities, and companies through which, according to Washington, assistance was provided to the DPRK, Iran and Syria.
After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the United States repeatedly threatened China with sanctions if Beijing provided military assistance to Moscow. China did not join Western sanctions against Russia and advocated a peaceful settlement of the situation in Ukraine.
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